Business Development Manager - Category Food (Animal based products), permanent, full-time
IKEA Group
Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
vor 2 Tg.

Company description

IKEA offers well-designed, functional home furnishings at prices so low that as many people as possible can afford them.

The role of IKEA Purchasing & Logistics is to buy, produce and distribute the IKEA range at the lowest total cost, making high quality available to the customer under good social and environmental conditions.

Purchasing & Logistics Area North (PLAN) is one of 8 Purchasing & Logistics Areas in the world, and our co-workers are based in Älmhult, Dortmund, Moscow and Kaunas.

PLAN consists of several functions, such as Purchasing Development, Transport+Logistics Services, Customs Service Centre, Quality Support Centre and Warehousing Logistics.

Job description

To be successful in the role as Business Development Manager you need to have a commercial background in food, with extensive experience within purchasing / sourcing in the food industry and direct leadership for people!

About the job

In your role as Business Development Manager you are accountable for developing and implementing the Action plan in line with the overall sourcing strategy of the Protein category.

The objective is to deliver excellent results in purchasing by leading purchasing teams and establish professional long term business development with our suppliers.

A proven track record in food service, retail or the food industry will help to provide industry and market intelligence to the product development teams in Sweden and grow the business.

As part of the Category Management team and reporting to the Category Manager, you will actively contribute to the development of the long term Category sourcing strategy.

A very important part of your assignment will be to inspire and empower the co-workers in your team to perform to the best of their abilities and continuously develop in their assignments.

As Business Development Manager your main assignments will be :

  • Overall responsibility for the purchasing and suppliers performance
  • Recruitment, development, performance management, retention and succession plans for co-workers directly in your team
  • To set the business direction with clear Action Plan(s) to improve and develop business and supplier performance, and deliver to Category Plan, using the Supplier Development Process as a base
  • To secure planning and execution to fulfil the sourcing assignment and pro-actively work together with Business area Food to integrate opportunities and act on deviations
  • To be accountable for professional and long term relationship with suppliers through IKEA way of doing business, based on a shared business model, trust and transparency
  • To identify and start-up new suppliers according to business needs through the purchasing team and / or by giving assignment to New Business teams
  • To lead and / or contribute to projects on behalf of the overall category or category area
  • Responsibility for driving Leadership and Competence agenda within the team; to identify needs and gaps, and build leadership and competence plans to meet the short and long term business needs
  • Qualification

    With knowledge and experience in the field of purchasing together with a background in food or food production, you have a strong capability to identify and capture business opportunities and deliver excellent results ( at least 5 years of experience ).

    You are able to lead purchasing on an operational / tactical level with the business strategy in mind. Your strong analytical skills and fact-

    based business leadership capabilities support making the right decisions and implementations . You are highly interested in understanding the markets we are working in as well as the reality of production and you are familiar with working in partnership with large suppliers.

    Furthermore, you have experience of working directly with big suppliers in order to improve the relations and overall business performance.

    It is an advantage if you have experience from working as Business Development Manager within IKEA.

    You come with good track record in current & previous positions, in leading and developing both business and people in an international environment, you lead by example and have the ability to bring out the best in your team and the people and organizations you encounter.

    You identify very much with our values and enjoy creating an environment where the IKEA values are a strong and living reality.

    A fluent communication in written and spoken English is a pre-requisite for this role with an ability to work .

    More Information

    We are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

    IKEA offers an exciting and empowering work environment in a global marketplace. And as the world’s leader at life at home, you have exceptional opportunities to grow and develop together with us.

    For more information or any questions regarding this position please contact Recruiting Manager Ronald Glas +46 733756985 and the recruitment process, please send a message via our recruitment system.

    The position is a fulltime and permanent assignment, located in Dortmund . Submit your application online via our recruitment system SmartRecruiters (in English) as soon as possible, but latest on July 1st .

    Our culture and values are based on equal opportunities and we are happy to consider applications from individuals with disabilities

    In some cases recruitment processes may take time, so we kindly ask you to be patient in this regard. If you have any questions about the actual recruitment process, please send an email to the recruiting team via SmartRecruiters and we will come back to you.

    Change is our reality, come and join us on our way to reach even more excellence performance.

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